Common language for region to be developed – Channel News Asia, April 1, 2011
The four languages of Thai, Lao, Khmer and Burmese are to be integrated into a common script once the recommendation to the Asean subcommittee on Regional Cooperation is approved. The new language, provisionally named “Talakabu,” would be then used throughout the entire region covered by the four neighboring countries.
The new language would be entail new standardized terms and spelling for most words, but it is hoped that it would gradually become the new universal SE Asia language within a generation. This plan comes about as an extension of the existing schemes to make the four countries a single geographic and political entity for immigration, tourism, trade, and business purposes…
[April 2, 2010 – This is an April Fool’s article.]